I'm already on my summer trip: Returning to Michigan from my new winter home in Texas. I'm on what I refer to as my "Old West" tour. It's taken me a month already, but hey, I'm retired! What's the rush?
I started in Ingram, TX; drove up to Dallas to spend a few days visiting my sister and her family. From there, I drove to Lake Thunderbird State Park, near Norman Oklahoma. I was told it use to be an old Native American hunting ground. Big park, but only a small (50 site) area with elect & water hookups suitable for larger rigs. Nice large sites with plenty of shade and a nice boat ramp. Enjoyed my stay over Thanksgiving last November, so spent 5 days there this trip. From there, I drove to Cheney State Park in KS. Not the best place I've stayed, but certainly not the worst . . . especially for just one night. From there, I drove to Rock Creek Station State Historical Park near Fairbury, NE. Rock Creek Station was an old Pony Express and stagecoach stop on the Oregon Trail. It's the site where "Wild Bill" Hickok became famous after a shoot-out that left three men dead. They have restored a few of the buildings and have a nice interpretive center there. The electric only sites are large with plenty of shade, and they have a dump/water station by the restrooms/showers. Had a chance to visit some nearby relatives during my 10-day stay there.
From Fairbury, I made the drive to North Platte, NE where I spent four days at the campground at "Buffalo Bill" Cody's Scouts Rest State Historical Park - his home while he was putting on his "Wild West" shows. The self guided walking tour of his restored home, barn, and grounds takes only a couple of hours, and contains many family mementoes, furniture, and "Wild West" show posters. Leaving there, I drove to Merritt Reservoir State Rec. Area near Valentine, NE - not far from the home of Willa Cather, author of "Oh Pioneer". It was made into a movie that starred Debra Winger back in the '80s. Now, I'm at the foot of the Black Hills, at a nice private campground outside of Rapid City, SD. It's called Happy Holidays Resort. The spaces are "compact", but it's clean and the people are friendly. And, it's half the price of the KOA & other Good Sam parks in the area. I've visited Mt. Rushmore & Crazy Horse monuments, and Custer State Park (where they have the largest herd of free-ranging Bison outside of Yellowstone). Plan to visit Deadwood - where "Wild Bill" Hickok was shot during a poker game - later today. Ready to head back to Michigan on Thursday, but don't yet have any plans for overnight stays. Will just have to see what the road brings.
Next summer will be my trip to Yosemite and Yellowstone, on my way to a family reunion in California. Just hope my health and wallet hold out long enough to make it that far.
There's just so much to see in this great country. Take some time and enjoy it!